13Confidentiality of information

(1)Subsection (2) applies to a person who is or has been—

(a)a member of the Commission,

(b)a member of the Commission’s staff, or

(c)otherwise an agent of the Commission.

(2)The person must not disclose any information which—

(a)has been obtained by or on behalf of the Commission for the purposes of an inquiry, and

(b)is not at the time of the disclosure, and has not previously been, in the public domain,

unless the disclosure is authorised by subsection (3).

(3)Disclosure is authorised for the purposes of subsection (2) only so far as—

(a)it is made with the consent of the person from whom the information was obtained,

(b)it is necessary for the purpose of enabling or assisting the exercise by the Commission of any of its functions under this Act, or

(c)it is made for the purposes of legal proceedings, whether criminal or civil (including the purposes of the investigation of any offence or suspected offence).

(4)A person who knowingly contravenes subsection (2) commits an offence.

(5)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (4) is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine.